[Fedora-packaging] Can I rely on having UTF-8-locale during koji-build?

Orion Poplawski orion at cora.nwra.com
Thu Jun 27 02:56:15 UTC 2013

On 06/25/2013 09:57 AM, Toshio Kuratomi wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 3, 2013 at 5:27 AM, Björn Esser <bjoern.esser at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello list!
>> Can I rely on having "en_US.UTF-8" inside a koji-build?
>> Or in other words:
>> Is it allowed to do this in spec?
>> %build
>> export LC_CTYPE="en_US.UTF-8"
>> ...
>> Do I need to have BuildRequires on something providing UTF-8-locales?
> Generally I would consider it a bug if a package requires setting
> LC_*.  Users come from many different countries and unfortunately,
> UTF-8 isn't standard in all of those :-(.  Also, cron jobs get run
> using the C locale so code that can end up running there (all
> libraries for instance) could be broken.
> If you're only having to set this for building the package, not for
> testing it at runtime, this might be okay... I'd say that you should
> definitely dive into the buildsystem/code, though, to make sure that
> there isn't a runtime requirement as well.
> -Toshio
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I've had issues compiling java code with UTF-8 source, and setting LANG 
was one workaround.

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